In less than 48 hours America will vote. Who's on your ballot?
Voting is just part of the process. It's up to each of us to understand the candidates and causes that impact our lives, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces and our communities. It starts with us and Tuesday's election will decide a lot.
In Minnesota we have over thirty critical races including the Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Representatives and local Judges, Sheriffs and School Board members. Do you know who represents your issues and understands your needs?
That's a lot of reasons to care about the people running for office in the 2018 midterm elections. Since starting Create Opportunity 2020 I've been looking for partnerships to bring visibility and focus on issues that impact our communities as we prepare for the 2020 presidential election.
Today we partnered with the Minneapolis- St. Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the City of Lakes Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Delta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated at the Minnesota State Capital in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Together we hosted tours of the Capitol, connected with candidates to understand why they want to represent our communities and how we can help. To reach voters unable to attend the event, Create Opportunity recorded videos and photos for social media recommending one action they can take before Tuesday.
Take a moment to learn more about the candidates who joined us today:
Every election is critical and the midterm elections have been called the most expensive election in history. According to the Center for Responsive Politics this year's election will spend $5.2 billion , breaking the previous record of $4.4 billion in 2016. That means it's even harder to breakthrough the noise of all of political ads, especially as a person of color in a state like Minnesota.
Let’s remember visibility matters as we prepare to vote and elect officials to represent us. We are all facing challenges that urgently need to be addressed from healthcare to immigration, voting for candidates who share our values is how can we help. Create Opportunity 2020 is here to connect you across organizations, causes, and communities to share information and support each other.
Here's three actions you can take right now:
Go to Vote.org and enter your address to find out what's on your ballot. Research the candidates you don't know. The further down the ballot, the closer their decisions are to you and your home.
Share this post and tag a person of color running for office. It starts with you! Check out the list of candidates whether you are in Minnesota or not, and help increase awareness.
Join the mailing list and learn about upcoming events like today’s. Invite Co2020 to collaborate on future events because WHEN WE ALL VOTE, WE ALL WIN.
Meredith Moore Crosby is author of Getting Unstuck: A Guide to Moving Your Career Forward, host of Getting Unstuck with Meredith Moore Crosby podcast and president of Leverette Weekes, a communications and coaching company based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Moore Crosby is a founder of Create Opportunity 2020, a mixed media project to increase visibility for women of color initiatives through public relations and social media.